Friday, January 02, 2009

Something I just had to know

I had occasionally seen Out of Office reply e-mails referred to as OOF and each time I had wondered how they got OOF and not OOO or OO. I have my answer.

Why is OOF an OOF and not an OOO? from the You Had Me At EHLO blog.

Back in the day, when Microsoft ran the Xenix mail system, there was a command called OOF which set a user as 'Out of Facility'. The term was wound into the Microsoft culture to the point that when someone was out of the office, they'd just say, so and so is OOF.

The post also explains why in Outlook you use CTRL+R for Reply, and CTRL+SHIFT+R for Reply All!

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